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16
Jan

TERAO was invited to “Wuhan sponge city real estate construction development technology seminar” and signed strategic cooperation agreement with GBWINDS

On December 18, 2019, Terao was invited by Wuhan GBwinds technology engineering company to attend “Focus on ecology, illuminate the future – 2019 technical seminar” in Wuhan sponge city real estate construction development technology seminar. The meeting was sponsored by Wuhan Science and Technology Construction Commission Sponge City professional committee and Wuhan real estate development association. Wuhan GBwinds technology engineering

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19
Dec

Carbon Footprint – How to reduce the environmental impact?

Once the carbon footprint had been assessed through the dedicated methodology, cf. our article  on Carbon footprint methodology it is possible to work on different solutions to reduce the emissions. In the building sector there are many initiatives to control and minimize the carbon emission into the atmosphere. Optimization of built areas: Since one built square meter is equivalent to

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28
Nov

One of our clients got 6 BREEAM certificates during the BREEAM Awards China 2019, can you guess who it is?

Last Thursday 21st November, 2019 were held the first China BREEAM Awards. It is a ceremony to give recognition to BREEAM users and BREEAM projects in China. Credits: BRE China During this ceremony, one of TERAO longtime clients has received 6 BREEAM certificates for 6 different projects. Indeed, this retail customer opened several new stores within 2019. TERAO has assisted

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21
Nov

Carbon Footprint Methodology – How to assess your asset environmental impact?

The Carbon Footprint Methodology The carbon footprint of an entire site could be done using different methodology such as the French Bilan Carbone® approach or the Green House Gas Protocol approach. At TERAO we are used to work with the French methodology. The Bilan Carbone® approach is designed for all types of organisation and is compatible with other standards, such

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6
Nov

HQE Building In Operation – How to improve the quality of your building in operation?

What is HQE – Building in Operation? The HQE ™ certification (High Environmental Quality) is a French environmental scheme for buildings and sustainable territories. In France the first projects with the HQE denomination were started in 1993. Michel RAOUST, founder of TERAO, was one of the pioneers working on these projects. HQE is a qualitative certification, adapted to the context

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25
Oct

HQE in « Operation » for the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris

The Louis Vuitton Foundation, which has been already certified by TERAO under the scheme “HQE Excellent – Pilot cultural projects” has a long-term ambition to maintain and improve its environmental performance. This ambition results in the implementation of an in-depth monitoring of the energy and environmental performance of the building. These topics regarding this very complex museum through its technical

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17
Oct

TERAO introduces HQE international certification to Caidian (Wuhan) French-Chinese Eco-city representatives

At present, with continuous improvement and development of green buildings, several countries have created their own green building assessment standards. HQE (High quality environment) international certification has been developed by the French public institution CSTB and has been tailored to adapt all countries, cultures and climate zones in the process of internationalization. HQE is favored by more and more owners and

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12
Oct

Autumn teambuilding in an Eco village: green building consultants to go back to the nature!

Last September, our team spent quality time together with families in Henggang横港 Eco village, close to Wuzhen 乌镇 (Zhejiang province) and Tongxiang 桐乡. This team building day was organized by Yejo. It was a good occasion to welcome our new Project Engineer Yiyi too. Introduction by Feng from Yejo    After arriving in the Eco-village and the introduction from Feng (Yejo

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26
Sep

Union for Sustainable Buildings WeChat Public Account

Exciting news! We have launched a WeChat public account for the sustainable buildings community in Asia. Union of Sustainable Buildings is a platform that publishes news and expertise related to sustainable buildings, through articles shared by different experts. Please find us by searching “USB可持续建筑联盟” or save and extract the QR Code in WeChat.   Shout out to @Architecture 2030 @Delhom @GIGA @Siveco and

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20
Sep

Durability of materials – How to anticipate future damages of materials?

The durability of materials is a strategic methodology to design for robustness and resilience, firstly to ensure and maintain an esthetic aspect of building, and secondly to avoid the high cost generated by material replacement. Every material or product has their own life expectancy, the defined use of these products should be in line with their life expectancy. Meanwhile, their

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12
Sep

Functional adaptability – How to anticipate the building future needs?

Functional adaptability is the concept behind the constant evolution of building needs during the operational phase. Indeed, it is very important to anticipate all of these challenges related to new uses of the building, maintenance and repairs works. All of these changes have most of time the potential to solve functional problems and to provide improvements by considering the user

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30
Aug

[Repost] This warehouse is one of the world’s greenest industrial buildings

Original article from the World Economic Forum website: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/08/netherlands-greenbuilding-architecture-sustainability Let’s hear our Operation Director Maxime Besseas’s insights about this building: A warehouse is not treated in the same way as a classic building because of the spaces to be thermally conditioned with very little internal input. Major consumptions will therefore often be heating, ventilation and lighting. A passive design is a

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27
Aug

From China Green Building Label 2014 to China Green Buiding Label 2019: what are the major changes?

Since 2008 up to December 2017, over 10,636 projects (over 1 billion square meter) have been certified under China Green Building Label in China, including Green Building Design Label (GBDL-Design phase) and Green Building Label (GBL-Operation Phase); 3401 projects have been assessed in 2017. The following green building map of China can show generally the development situation per region, the

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7
Aug

TERAO Asia enhancing its BREEAM assessments capacities with two more BREEAM AP in our team

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is an assessment tool and green building certification provided by the BRE (Building Research Institute) for new construction buildings and refurbishments & fit-out projects. To date, BREEAM has been used to certify over 530,000 buildings assessments across the building life cycle and it is being applied in over 70 countries, of which 83%

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30
Jul

Life Cycle Analysis – How to assess the potential environmental aspect of a product?

  The Life Cycle Assessment approach has been used since 1970. First of all, in the context of Oil-Shock, it was used by the industry to link the production and transportation of products to the energy cost. Then the focus grown up to the environmental impacts of activities since 1990. The approach is now standardized by ISO 14 040 and

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